Psalm 31

Psalm 31

Author: David

Verse 1 – In You, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in Your righteousness.

Verse 2 – Bow down Your ear to me, deliver me speedily; be my rock of refuse, a fortress of defense to save me.

David must have been in some kind of trouble. Refuge, rock, and fortress, all convey the sense of Yahweh’s source of security and protection. Fortress, were a place of protection from an enemy; rock symbolizes stability. David knew all these attributes of God’s character was where his trust was placed.

Verse 3 – For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.

Verse 4 – Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, for You are my strength.

Verse 5 – Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

Verse 6 – I have hated those who regard vain idols;

David committed his very spirit unto God. We say our faith is in Christ, but do we fully trust Him in every area of our lives? The more you read the Bible, the better you get to know our Savior. If you don’t study and read, you will never fully trust Him. It’s impossible to have a close relationship with someone you never spend any time with.

Verse 7 – I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; and You have known my soul in adversities,

Verse 8 – and have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place.

Some people feel restricted because of God’s moral boundaries. Here’s what I say to them: Don’t let the culture we live in that has grown corrupt, cause you to compromise God’s values that will cause you to lose your victory.

Verse 9 – Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble. My eyes wastes away with grief, yes my soul and my body!

Verse 10 – For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.

Verse 11 – I am a reproach among all my enemies, but especially among my neighbors, and am repulsive to my acquaintances; those who see me outside flee from me.

Verse 12 – I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel.

Verse 13 – For I hear the slander of many; fear is on every side; while they take counsel together against me, they scheme to take away my life.

I have no idea what time period of David’s life he wrote these verses, but he wasn’t feeling good about his life. We’ve all felt hopeless or helpless in situations. We especially feel this way when we have been rejected. However, lets not ever forget who we are. You may feel the whole world crashing against you, but God is still God. He knows how and when to get you out. Your latter will be better than the former because that’s a promise from God.

Verse 14 – But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”

Verse 15 – My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.

Like David, all of life’s circumstances are under God’s control. If the circumstances are bad and things seem out of our control, God can turn them all around for our good. You may not see this until it is over, but believe that God only wants the best for His children. David knew this.

Verse 16 – Make Your face shine upon Your servant; save me for Your mercy’s sake.

Verse 17 – Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You; let the wicked be ashamed; let them be silent in the grave.

Verse 18 – Let the lying lips be put to silence, which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

In these last two verses where David speaks of lying lips to be silent and for him not to be put to shame, does it bring any memory where someone lied on you and you wished they would be exposed? How about the question we ask because others know we are praying and we hope God answers so that we are not ashamed of the answer. I believe that is exactly what David was saying to God. “Lord, don’t let my enemies get the upper hand, have mercy on me, so that I am not ashamed because You didn’t answer or deliver me.” He wanted the shame to be placed on his enemies.

Verse 19 – Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust You in the presence of the sons of men.

Thing may happen and things will come against us in this life , but God’s goodness towards those who worship and trust Him will be shown in front of others.

Verse 20 – You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

Verse 21 – Blessed be the Lord, for He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!

Verse 22 – For I said in my haste, “I am cut off from Your eyes”; nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications when I cried out to You.

Evidently, David felt the same way we have at times, not thinking God heard our prayers because He didn’t answer fast enough to our liking. Then we are embarrassed when God answers in a better way then what we asked for.

Verse 23 – Oh, love the Lord, all you saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful, and fully repays the proud person.

Verse 24 – Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

David ends the psalm knowing all will be well because he places his hope in the One who controls it all!

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